- to lead or move by persuasion or influence, as to some action or state of mind: to induce a person to buy a raffle ticket.
- to bring about, produce, or cause: That medicine will induce sleep.
- Physics. to produce (an electric current) by induction.
- Logic. to assert or establish (a proposition about a class of phenomena) on the basis of observations on a number of particular facts.
- Genetics. to increase expression of (a gene) by inactivating a negative control system or activating a positive control system; derepress.
- Biochemistry. to stimulate the synthesis of (a protein, especially an enzyme) by increasing gene transcription.
Origin of induce
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Examples from the Web for induced
He knew only that the drug came from Africa and induced a 36-hour trip.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
For most of the men starvation caused more than just weight loss: it also induced many of the symptoms of significant depression.How Depression Could Save Your Life
March 4, 2014
I induced the girl to sit down and swallow a glass of Marsala.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
One out of three births in the U.S. is a Cesarean section and about a quarter of all labor is induced.The Home-Birth Rebellion
February 7, 2014
Some American evangelicals export teen exorcists to the UK to fight the Harry Potter induced demonic infestation there.The Devil and Antonin Scalia
October 8, 2013
What induced him to attempt this style it is difficult to conceive.Handel
Edward J. Dent
Nothing in the world would have induced Ossipon to go into the parlour.The Secret Agent
But it was certainly not caution which induced Mr. Stewart's backsliding.In the Valley
Curiosity, or perhaps a better feeling, induced him to approach the stranger.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
One other motive also held weight with him, and induced reticence.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- (often foll by an infinitive) to persuade or use influence on
- to cause or bring about
- med to initiate or hasten (labour), as by administering a drug to stimulate uterine contractions
- logic obsolete to assert or establish (a general proposition, hypothesis, etc) by induction
- to produce (an electromotive force or electrical current) by induction
- to transmit (magnetism) by induction
Word Origin and History for induced
late 14c., "to lead by persuasions or other influences," from Latin inducere "lead into, bring in, introduce, conduct, persuade," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "to bring about," of concrete situations, etc., is from early 15c.; sense of "to infer by reasoning" is from 1560s. Electro-magnetic sense first recorded 1777. Related: Induced; inducing.
- To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of something, such as labor.
- To initiate or increase the production of an enzyme or other protein at the level of genetic transcription.
- To produce an electric current or a magnetic charge by induction.